New Delhi: India Lose Opening Test By 10 Wickets, New Zealand Go 1-0 Ahead. New Zealand, who needed just nine runs to win, outclassed the No.1 Test team in the world by 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday admitted that his side were not competitive enough against the Kane Williamson-led side during the opening Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
“Toss turned out to be very important. As a batting unit we take pride in being competitive, but we weren’t. Even scoring 220-230 would’ve been good. That first innings put us behind and then the lead put us under more pressure. The bowlers toiled well, as a bowling group we’ve taken pride in being competitive,” Kohli said in a post-match presentation following the defeat.
“Till the first 7 NZ wickets, we were really good. Wanted to restrict the lead to under 100, but the last runs from their batsmen made things difficult. But bowlers can still be more disciplined, they were not as happy with their bowling performance. You don’t want to be too hard on guys like Shaw. He’s played just 2 overseas Tests. He will figure a way, he will find a way to score runs. Mayank applied himself well, and he’s the only other person apart from Rahane who got us any momentum with the bat. Our strength is to put big scores for our bowlers to bowl at, and that was missing in this match,” he added.
New Zealand becomes the 7th team to win 100 Test matches; joining Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa, India, and Pakistan.